Forest communities in Burkina Faso, Ghana and DRC to benefit from dedicated CIF grantAfrican Development Bank | 23 Nov 2011
The USD 50 million mechanism aims to help enhance the capacity of indigenous peoples and local communities to participate fully, effectively and continuously in FIP pilot country REDD+ activities. A global component will focus on knowledge management bringing together indigenous peoples groups and local communities from FIP pilot and other countries to exchange good practices and lessons learned on how to effectively address REDD+.
International Year of Forests (IYF) - "Celebrating Forests for People"UNEP | 02 Feb 2011
Forests represent many things to many people including spiritual, aesthetic and cultural dimensions that are, in many ways, priceless. But they are also cornerstones of our economies, whose real value has all too often been invisible in national accounts of profit and loss.
Forest Summit Seeks "People-Friendly" SolutionsInter Press Service | 27 Jan 2011
Earlier this month, on a hot and humid day in the Jambi province of Indonesia, a group of local farmers was critically injured after being shot as they attempted to harvest fruit on a contested palm plantation.
Rwanda: Forest Conservation Calls for Carrot and StickInter Press Service | 21 Jan 2011
For years, the various campaigns for sustainable use of forests just passed Pascal Segatashya by. But Rwanda's ambitious Forest Conservation Project eventually found him - and it has transformed his life and livelihood.
In Brief: Spotlight on forestsIRIN News | 11 Jan 2011
Forest clearing to make way for agriculture continues at a high rate, according to a UN Food and Agriculture Organization report published before the launch of 2011 as the UN International Year of Forests on 2 February. Between 2000 and 2010, the world's total forest area decreased at an annual rate of 5.2 million hectares, equivalent to the size of Costa Rica, states the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment.
Southern Africa Collectively Gearing Up For REDDips.org | 07 Dec 2010
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is moving to support its member countries to tap into benefits from the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) framework. Destruction of forests both contributes to carbon emissions and deprives the planet of an important mechanism to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming.
DRC: It pays to go greenIRIN News | 30 Nov 2010
IBI Monday, November 29, 2010 (IRIN) - Olivier Mushiete sees himself as a pioneer: His ever-expanding acacia forest on the Bateké plateau, 120km east of Kinshasa, is central Africa's first carbon sink plantation.
UGANDA: Carbon Finance May Not Benefit Forest CommunitiesInter Press Service | 30 Nov 2010
Uganda has lost more than two million hectares of forest since 1990, mostly converted to farmland by a growing population of smallholders. Carbon finance through the REDD programme is often presented as one way to arrest this destruction, but only if the benefits clearly translate to the grassroots.
ETHIOPIA: They Have Become Farmers of Treesips.org | 22 Nov 2010
They have spent the better part of their lives destroying the forest, but Kochito Gabre and his cohort are now the guardians of a UNESCO-recognised resource in the Ethiopian highlands. After shrinking to barely half its original size, the Kafa Forest is now a model for sustainable use in the country.
Tanzania: Protecting the World's Most Expensive Treeips.org | 22 Nov 2010
Moshi, TANZANIA, With the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro providing a backdrop under simmering tropical sunshine, a group of women in Mijongweni village break into song. The song, in Swahili, praises the benefits of protecting the environment and living in harmony with nature for the survival of generations; values vital to the survival of one of the rarest hardwood trees in the world, the African blackwood.
Africa Loses 3.4 Million Hectares to DeforestationAllAfrica.com | 19 Nov 2010
Abuja — The United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has expressed concern that indigenous forests in Africa are being cut down at an 'alarming' rate of about 3.4 million hectares per year, making the continent the region with the second highest net annual loss of forests in 2000-2010.
Rwanda: Italian NGO, Rotary Club plant 200,000 treesThe New Times | 16 Nov 2010
The International Voluntary for Development Association (AVSI), an Italian NGO operating in the country, in collaboration with the Rotary Club International, on Monday launched a tree planting campaign that will see 200, 000 trees worth Rwf30 million planted in Muhura Sector, Gatsibo District. AVSI officials say the campaign is in response to the governments call for environmental protection.
India's 'miracle tree' finds home in Central and Eastern Kenyabusinessdailyafrica.com | 16 Nov 2010
Eco Holdings Organisation has launched a pilot project that will introduce farmers to Indias Moringa Olifiera tree. Known as the Indian miracle tree, drought resistant Moringa Olifieras leaves are a super-food, its seeds are medicinal and used in purifying water, while prunings are used to make...
Plant clinics must take root in poor countries - SciDev.NetSCIDEV.NET | 12 Nov 2010
Community-based plant clinics should be part of a health system for plants, say agriculture experts Solveig Danielsen and Frank Matsiko. Food security, the production of safe food and the provision of quality products for domestic and export markets are all dependent on the ability to grow healthy...
Kenya expects $2bn from climate projectAfrica News | 12 Nov 2010
Kenya is on the move to launch a climate exchange platform which could earn the country close to $2bn (£1.2bn) a year, for the first time on the African continent. This project will facilitate the trading of carbon credits and help tackle climate change.Kenya's government estimates that its largest forest, the Mau, has the potential to earn the…
UGANDA: One million trees for Mt Elgon regionIRIN News | 05 Nov 2010
MBALE, 3 November 2010 (IRIN) - A three-year project to increase forest cover and help local communities in eastern Uganda adapt to climate change has been launched. "The planting of one million trees has started to sustain an area of tropical forest in Africa the size of Wales," said John Griffiths, counsel-general of the Welsh Assembly, which is supporting the project. "These trees will not only absorb carbon but provide shade for crops."
KENYA: Mau Forest evictees struggle in campsIRIN News | 03 Nov 2010
Delays in resettling hundreds of people evicted from the Mau Forest Complex in Kenyas Rift Valley region have forced the displaced to endure harsh camp conditions without proper health and sanitation facilities, sources said. I used to comfortably live in a three-bedroom house before I was evicted; now I share a small tent with my large family. I worked hard on my 2ha piece of land and made sure my family was well-fed and clothed, Joseph Tuwei told IRIN at Keringet camp in Molo District.
allAfrica.com: Uganda: Museveni Cautions On Degrading Mt. RwenzoriAllAfrica.com | 26 Oct 2010
President Yoweri Museveni has warned people living around Mount Rwenzori against degrading the water catchments, saying this would cause a disaster. Mr Museveni statement was in response to the Rwenzururu Kingdom Prime Minister, Mr Constantine Bwambale, who last week requested the government to allow the kingdom subjects free access to the cultural sites in the Rwenzori Mountains.
Angola: Agriculture Ministry Drafts Forests InventoryAllAfrica.com | 19 Mar 2010
The Agriculture deputy minister for forests, André de Jesus Moda, said last Thursday in Luanda that the inventory process to determine the number of forests in the country is being drafted nationwide at this moment.According to him, the exploration in Angola has been carried out in a traditional way by the populations and by some companies that operate nearly countrywide in areas where the greater quality of humid tropical forests are abundant.